- 1 cup old-fashioned oats (use gluten free, if needed)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I use this kind) – toasted, if you like.
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter*
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (can sub honey if not vegan)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- In a food processor, combine peanut butter, syrup, cocoa powder, flaxseed, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until mixture comes together and is smooth.
- Add oats and coconut and pulse until well combined. Mixture will be fairly loose, but should come together when scooped and rolled into balls. (If your mixture is too dry, you can add a little more peanut butter or syrup, or a Tbsp of milk (plant based or dairy–whichever you use) at a time to help it come together.
- Scoop mixture into 1″ balls and roll out to smooth. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator and store up to 1 week. (You can also freeze these up to 1 month)
Alternatively, you can make these in a bowl. Simply stir until all ingredients come together. You may find they’re slightly more wet this way (since the oats don’t get ground down).J ust add a little more coconut and oats until you reach a consistency you like.
Don’t have a food processor? You can mix these up in a large bowl with a spatula. You may find you need to add a little more oats or coconut to keep the mixture from being too wet this way. You want to be able to scoop and roll them into balls easily without the mixture completely coating your hands.
*Natural peanut butter – I use natural peanut butter (just peanuts and salt–no sugar or oils added), and have found that different brands vary in consistency. Some are quite runny, others aren’t. You may find you need to add a little more peanut butter or a little more syrup or some milk if your peanut butter is thick.
Add a layer of flavor. When I have time, I love toasting the coconut before making these. It adds another little layer of flavor that’s so satisfying and delicious!
Got texture issues? If the texture of these would bother your kids, you can continue to process them, and add 1 Tbsp of milk or syrup at a time to the mixture to pull the mixture together. They can be VERY smooth when processed this way.
- Category: Snacks
- Method: No bake
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